BAM Fitness Coaching is one year old today!
One year ago today, I started training clients. Although I’d trained people before, worked in gyms, and even ran a fitness facility for a hospital, none of that experience even compares to what I’m doing now - I own my own business and get to do what I want. On June 7, 2010, my first clients started training with me down in our crowded basement with low ceilings. Although the space was small and crowded, we were able to lift weights, do some kickboxing, throw medicine balls, and swing the heavy rope . . . we were all able to get quality workouts, even in less-than-ideal space.
My business is doing well, even though I serve a very small niche in the marketplace. I only train women. I only train women who don’t mind lifting heavy weights and working hard. I only train women who don’t mind lifting heavy weights and working hard, but also can come to the gym during my select ”open” hours. I’m not trying to be something for everyone. I don’t have childcare. I don’t offer showers. And, I make my ladies work. I provide quality training and help my clients get results in an atmosphere that encourages these women to physically succeed.
This past year I’ve learned a lot (with much help from my husband). I’ve learned how to start and run a business . . . from writing a business plan, to writing a proposal for the city planning board, to being my own accountant and billing department. Luckily, my past work experiences helped make all of this work not so difficult. My accounts are balanced each month, I’ve had no major accounting mistakes, and my bills are always paid on time. I am running my own business!
Over the twelve months, I’ve learned how to train people. I know my technical skills as a trainer will always be evolving. But, with a lot of guidance from my husband, I’m turning into a pretty decent trainer. Before I started last year, I had a decent fitness base. I had my college courses in exercise physiology, I know how the body works, I know which exercises work various parts of the body. But, what has made the biggest difference for me is how to put it all together. My husband a “systems” kind of guy. . . everything must have a system. Even though I’ll never know as much as he does, his way of doing things at the gym is bringing my clients great success – not only with fat loss, but also overall fitness and strength gains. His system works. (Thanks, Honey!)
Finally, I need to thank my ladies. My clients are a great group of women. I think one of the reasons they are all so successful is that they don’t mind hard work. They don’t mind me pushing them. They are dedicated and loyal. They all make me laugh and help make my “job” great. Most of all, they are letting me help them get strong, build confidence and develop new, changed, and better bodies. THANK YOU!